6 don’ts for toddler nutrition

Avoid feeding your toddler these foods

Some of the foods you feed your toddler regularly may lack nutrition and introduce unhealthy levels of sugar or sodium.

We are learning more and more that the nutritional choices parents make for their toddlers can affect their children’s health outcomes later in life: the salty or sugary foods they learn to love now may lead to long-term health issues, like obesity and diabetes. Although there are plenty of great, healthy options for you to build your child’s diet, there are some definite items to avoid that contain few or no nutrients and can cause major health issues for your child as he or she grows.


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  1. Not all hot dogs are created equally–in other words, they aren’t all bad. Look for nitrate-free options and make sure to cut them up into quarters to prevent choking. The most important thing is to offer a wide variety of foods to kids, and not get stuck offering the same thing over and over again!

  2. Hot dogs- how did they become the staple food for little ones!? I have fallen victim and it’s a hard cycle to break. 🙁


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